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CNNGo TV in Rome: beyond the Colosseum
A dumping ground for ancient pottery and a 300-year-old theater are just some of the places to be uncovered
The Colossuem, the Trevi Fountain, St. Peter's Basilica ... most travelers know the fundaments of this former center of the Roman Empire. Yet, Rome has a lot more to offer.
CNNGo TV takes in award-winning modern museums, traditional Italian food and that with a modern twist and of course amazing sites of historical significance.
Here are just a few of the outstanding places a team of exuberant locals took us to.
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This eye-catching building designed by famed Architect Zaha Hadid is home to Italy's first national gallery dedicated to modern art.
The wavy walled museum took a decade to complete and is the home for MAXXI art and MAXXI architecture museums.
via Guido Reni, 4 A00196 Roma, www.fondazionemaxxi.it
Monte Testaccio (Monte dei Cocci)
Once an ancient pottery dump, this artificial mound is composed almost entirely of testae, or shattered fragments of amphorae -- vase-shaped containers used to transport goods back in the time of the Roman Empire.
The vantage point offers a stunning view over Rome, not far from the east bank of the Tiber River.
Find out the location of Monte Testaccio here on a Google map.
Renowned chef Lucio Sforza's modern restaurant serves a creative mix of classic Italian fare and wins glowing reviews.
Via del Boschetto 73, 00184 Roma, Italy, +39 06 4891 3832, Opens Tuesdays and Saturdays: 12:30 - 11 p.m., Facebook page
The theater and former opera house that dates back to 1726 is one of the oldest theaters in Rome. The original wooden building was reconstructed in stone a century later.
Last year it was temporarily home to protesters who were voicing their displeasure with funding cuts to the Arts -- but a host of cultural events are now back on track in the iconic space.
'Felice' a Testaccio
Founded in 1936, the food at Felice is guided by the Trivelloni family, remaining faithful to classic Roman cuisine.
Even legendary Italian actor Roberto Benigni wrote a poem for this trattoria.
Via Mastro Giorgio, 29, 00153 Roma, +39 06 574 6800, daily lunch and dinner, only accept telephone reservations, www.feliceatestaccio.it